Letters Week of Nov. 11, 2010



Paper's Election Analysis Ignores Scare Tactics
I am writing not as an ideologue, but as an open-minded voter and reader. Your Nov. 4 cover story about the election results indicated, as the headline read, that Jews had little to do with Pat Toomey's Senate victory.

What you glossed over was the extremely negative campaign that the Republican Jewish Coalition ran. For the second election in a row, the RJC used scare tactics to try to terrify the population into voting for their candidate.

During this election cycle, there was not a single ad I saw from them in support of Toomey, but rather they blanketed the media with anti-Joe Sestak ads. These were shameful, and represent the Jewish — or any religious — community poorly.

From your own reporting, it does not appear that these hateful ads influenced many Jewish voters, though there was indeed Jewish involvement.
Alan Woronoff

Don't Believe the Media; Jews Voted Republican
I know many Jews who voted for Republicans Pat Toomey and Mike Fitzpatrick on Nov. 2. But the media is continuing to portray the Jews as an integral part of the Democratic Party.

Like the majority of Americans, Jewish voters rejected President Barack Obama's policies and voted for the GOP candidates.

The Gerstein-Agne survey mentioned by your newspaper is not credible. It was commissioned by the leftist organization J Street, which endorsed Joe Sestak.

This so-called pro-Israel group is funded by the socialist George Soros.

No further comments are necessary!
Cornel Spiegler

Cemetery Advertisement Didn't Condone Cremation
Roosevelt Memorial Park's Oct. 28 advertisement about providing a place to bury cremated human remains was not condoning cremation or in any way a negation of the deep emotions connected with the Holocaust. It was merely a response to the growing number of Jewish people who today opt for the service.

Many who choose cremation think that the process ends with their decision. They give no real consideration to what will happen to the ashes or to their survivors, who will have no place to focus their thoughts, memories and mourning.

Ashes are very often left with the funeral director, stored on a shelf or in a closet, or left with loved ones to toss to the wind or be dumped into the ocean, as if those were poetic traditions.

The ad was a way of letting people know that if cremation were their choice, there are options for burying the remains that are in keeping with Jewish burial traditions, and offer dignity to the deceased and to their families — and, indeed, to the entire Jewish community.
David B. Gordon
Roosevelt Memorial Park

Three Cheers for Elkin — and for Ruth Gruber!
I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Elkin's article, "No Time Outs for Ruth Gruber" (Movie Mania, Nov. 4).

I went downtown to see the film about Gruber, "Ahead of Time," at the Ritz 5. I hope many see this film about this wonderful, amazing woman. (There were only four of us in the audience, however.)

The footage of her educational pursuits and travels in Germany during the rise of Nazism; her explorations in the Soviet Arctic region at age 24; and her secret wartime mission to escort Holocaust refugees for President Franklin Roosevelt boldly illustrate Ruth Gruber's bravery and adventurous spirit.
Bernice Kaplan


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